Personal agenda with Ritu Phogat: “Geeta motivates me, while Babita is my partner in crime!”
Hey Ritu! Both your elder sisters, Geeta and Babita, are wrestlers. Is that a good thing or bad?
Yes, it’s a great thing! Geeta always corrects and motivates me to do my best, while Babita is my partner in crime.
So is Geeta a bigger inspiration, or Babita? Why?
Well, that’s a tough one! Geeta has been a huge inspiration for me. When I decided to switch to mixed martial arts it was Geeta who encouraged me.
What’s the best part about representing India internationally?
It’s a great feeling when you are appreciated abroad and you make your country proud.
And what is the best thing about mixed martial arts?
Unlike wrestling, here you can use punches and take out all your aggression!
The riskiest decision you’ve ever made...?
Leaving a well-settled career in wrestling for mixed martial arts.
Name one sportswoman in India you look up to.
I really admire and feel motivated looking at Mary Kom’s journey.
How do you handle trolls?
By choosing to ignore them.
Your favourite actor would be...?
I like Tiger Shroff as he too does a lot of mixed martial arts.
What’s keeping you excited these days?
Looking forward to winning my second mixed martial bout at the soon to be held One Championship in Singapore.
It means respect and understanding for each other.
What do you wish for at the end of your career?
That a biopic is made on my life, and Kangana Ranaut plays me!
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From HT Brunch, February 23, 2020
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